In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

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Gibson
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Follette
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Woody
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The Pest
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Red
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Von Furst (as Erich Von Stroheim)
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Fritz
Ralph Ince ...
Jettick
Marjorie Peterson ...
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Joe
William B. Davidson ...
Lelewer (as William Davidson)
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In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

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12 March 1932 (USA)  »

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Die letzten Vier  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.19 : 1
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When Erich von Stroheim was first offered the part of the mad director, the character was called "Erich von Stroheim." Understandably upset at being asked to play himself as a homicidal maniac, Stroheim agreed to do the film only if the character's name were changed. See more »

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Date visible on boxcar:6-31. See more »

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Featured in Détective (1985) See more »

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Over There
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by George M. Cohan
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It's good, and it's significant in film history
24 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

By now, everyone knows that this film is significant to anyone writing a dissertation on obscenity in popular culture because of the flipping of the bird. However, this is not the film's only claim to modernity. The collaboration of many skilled film makers at the beginning of the talkie era, it has several imaginatively crafted scenes, with one (you will know which one I mean) being positively Jarmuschesque. The sound track in particular is brilliant. I can't get the song of the wind out of my head.

Plus, if you love Erich von Stroheim, and who doesn't, his character is based on him, or his reputation. Of course you love von Stroheim, who doesn't love Max from Sunset Boulevard? Here, he gets to show his directorial style, while giving the sort of all out performance he was trying to get out of his actors. If you like this, try "The Great Flamarion".

I am not surprised to read that the ending was re-shot. My husband and I were both mystified the first time we saw it. Some of the plot is hackneyed, but the acting and production values transcend.


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